State of the Step Sisters - September 2015
I hope everyone had a nice summer! It's hard to believe fall is already around the corner, which means Breast Cancer Awareness month is also quickly approching. Are you not a fan of all the "pinkwashing" that occurs in October? Not everyone is.
The fact is, if you buy a pink vacuum or cookies sporting a pink ribbon, very little of those funds actually reach the intended cause.
The Step Sisters share your concern about the overwhelming number of pink ribbon products and promotions on the market. This October, we encourage consumers to ask critical questions about these promotions to really understand where your money goes.
When you donate to The Step Sisters, you can be confident that those funds make a meaningful and direct impact in the lives of local breast cancer patients like this one: â€œI was having a rough/emotional day last Wednesday. When I ventured outside I found the thoughtful delivery of fresh fruit and soup waiting for me on my porch. Thank you doesn't seem to cover it, please know how much this delivery of food is very much appreciated.â€ --Loudoun Breast Cancer Patient
We have so many new and exciting opportunities coming up for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Please take a moment to check out all of the Step Sisters' plans below...
Angela Fuentes, President
Don't miss our 4th Annual golf tournament
on Thursday, October 8th at The Golf Club at Lansdowne.
Registration includes: pre-tournament breakfast, cart and green fees, unlimited beverage stations and a luncheon awards reception. Sponsors of the event include: Summit Insurance Services, Carfax, Leesburg Today, Dulles Greenway and Gabriel Marketing Group. To register, or to learn about tournament sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.StepSistersScramble.com.
Please Join Us...
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events & Fundraisers:
Sunday 10/4, 11 am - Pound for Pink
Join Athleta, StudioPinkFit and The Step Sisters as they POUND away in the Reston Town Center pavilion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday, Oct. 4th at 11am. 10% of the proceeds will go to The Step Sisters. RSVP requested - 703-668-0256 Refreshments, raffles, and great FUN! Bring water, towel and mat, please. 11923 Market Street, Reston.
Saturday, 10/10 â€“ Survivors' Retreat at Inova Loudoun
Speakers (9:15am - 12pm), support information, apparel/cosmetics giveaways and Open House (12-3pm). Register online via www.LifeWithCancer.orgVillage at Leesburg: 1603 Village Market Blvd. Community Room #100 Leesburg.
Wednesday 10/13, 6:30-7:15pm - Ride for a Reason - Cycle Scene
All supporters of the Step Sisters are invited to RIDE FOR A REASON! Each bike costs $15 and proceeds go directly back to the Step Sisters. The more riders we have, the more money we get (up to 100%) so feel free to invite friends. This is going to be a great workout and lots of fun. Visit Cycle Scene's website. Next, click on ADD CLASSES and choose the "Ride for a Reason" option at the bottom of the page. Then book your bike by going to the BOOK YOUR RIDE tab and choosing the 6:30pm class on Tuesday, October 13th. Registration for this event opens the end of September. Need childcare? No problem! Check out the KidsKlub information on the website. 44190 Waxpool Road, Suite 127 in Ashburn.
Monday 10/26 - Dig Pink Volleyball at Tuscarora High School
Join The Step Sisters at the Tuscarora vs. Briar Woods Volleyball Dig Pink event on October 26th. First game starts at 5:45PM. Our very own Karina Twomey will be emceeing the event! Visit The Step Sisters' table in between sets. 801 North King Street, Leesburg.
We will be offering one of our Proud Supporter car magnets to all donors contributing $10 or more at any of these events.
Bloo Dental â€“ Your New & Improved SMILE can bring a smile to the faces of local breast cancer patients! For the entire month of October, Bloo Dental will offer Zoom whitening with 100% going to the Step Sisters!
Call to schedule your appointment, 703-327-5533. 22855 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 208, Brambleton, VA 20148.
Rain Salon â€“ Get your pink on! Rain salon will offer $10 pink hair extensions with all proceeds benefiting the Step Sisters! No appointment required. 43330 Junction Plaza, Ste 168, Ashburn.
Bravelets - $10 from each item purchased online will be donated to us! https://www.bravelets.com/bravepage/step-sisters
AmazonSmile â€“ A simple and automatic way for you to support the Step Sisters every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, youâ€™ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Take a moment to designate the Step Sisters as your beneficiary organization today.
iGiveâ€“ Get a free iGive.com account so the Step Sisters can earn money every time you shop online. It's free and easy! www.iGive.com/StepSisters.
Are You Ready to Step Up?
Step Up, Loudoun is an appeal for businesses and residents to show their support for local breast cancer patients during the month of October. Itâ€™s all about neighbors helping neighbors; reaching out to those that are facing one of the toughest times in their lives.
How can my organization take part?
Really any way you want to! Hold an office or school fundraiser such as a crazy tie/scarf day. Donate proceeds from a special event held at your company. We have lots of fun and meaningful ways for you to get involved!
Whatâ€™s in it for my business?
Gratitude from The Step Sisters and the breast cancer patients utilizing Step Sister services, such as transportation to and from appointments, fresh food delivery, house cleaning, lawn services and child care. We also recognize your organization on social media and provide you with a special â€œStep Sister Supporterâ€ logo for use on your website.
How are the Step Sisters different from other breast cancer charities?
While other charities raise funds for a cure, we are stepping in until there is one. Our money stays local. We currently support patients in Loudoun County and recently expanded to help those in Fairfax County as well.
What are other ways for my organization to get involved?
Besides much-needed donations, The Step Sisters always need volunteers for our largest fundraiser, The Ribbon Run, held each April in Ashburn. We love to see teams come together to help organize the 2,000+ participants for a successful event. Contact us for other ways we can work together.
Share This Badge to Show Your Support:
As a thank you for generous donations and contributions to our mission, we have created this badge for Step Sisters, our vendors, and sponsors to use online. Feel free to display this logo to show your part in helping local women as they battle breast cancer. As always, we thank you for your support of The Step Sisters. When using this badge, we thank you for adhering to our guidelines.
Thank you to our preferred vendors for helping us carry out our mission!
Washingtonâ€™s Green Grocer
Stay tuned for new additions to this list soon!